waddle

verb
wad·​dle | \ ˈwä-dᵊl How to pronounce waddle (audio) \
waddled; waddling\ ˈwäd-​liŋ , ˈwä-​dᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce waddle (audio) \

Definition of waddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to walk with short steps swinging the forepart of the body from side to side
2 : to move clumsily in a manner suggesting a waddle

waddle

noun

Definition of waddle (Entry 2 of 2)

: an awkward clumsy swaying gait

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Other Words from waddle

Verb

waddler \ ˈwäd-​lər , ˈwä-​dᵊl-​ər How to pronounce waddle (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for waddle

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of waddle in a Sentence

Verb He waddled down the hallway. A fat goose waddled across the yard.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After disembarking Emperor, weak-kneed riders can waddle to an exhibit and see actual emperor penguins, for which the coaster is named. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Most-anticipated roller coasters of 2021 at Universal Orlando, on a Carnival cruise ship and more," 22 Dec. 2020 From near and far, some will fly to him, others swim to the water’s edge and waddle to his bag of food. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Exploration Green gets $750,000 grant," 14 Sep. 2020 Investors think that banks are dogs that can barely waddle. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Despite Warren Buffett’s sell-off, bank stocks look like great buys in this market," 18 Aug. 2020 The conversation immediately becomes narrowed and flattened—Trump’s decision to waddle into the debate all but solidifies the limitations of the conversation’s usefulness. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "After the End of Native Mascots," 10 July 2020 Tracks found elsewhere in the world indicate that the flying reptiles folded their wings to waddle on all fours while on the ground. Riley Black, Scientific American, "Fossil Footprints Help Uncover the Mysteries of Bipedal Crocodiles," 11 June 2020 The other day, a procession of cars on a road near Stone Barns Center, the nonprofit educational farm in Pocantico Hills, New York, halted in its tracks to make way for goslings: a gaggle of them, waddling across the pavement. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Blue Hill in a Box," 15 May 2020 With the public at bay, everyone’s new favorite tour guide was left to his own devices to waddle and waltz and survey the fishy scene in other exhibits, all while supervised by the staffers. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "'Wellington' the Penguin Got a Grand Tour of His Aquarium After it Closed Amid Coronavirus Control Efforts, And It's Positively Charming," 16 Mar. 2020 Take walking: First an algorithm produced many random body designs; some just sat there, others rocked or waddled forward. Joshua Sokol, New York Times, "Meet the Xenobots, Virtual Creatures Brought to Life," 3 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some of the physical limitations that make Baby Yoda seem especially infantile, like his waddle of a walk, may not be developmental delays at all. Eric Spitznagel, Popular Mechanics, "An Alarmingly Deep Dive Into the Science of Baby Yoda," 30 Oct. 2020 Some of the physical limitations that make Baby Yoda seem especially infantile, like his waddle of a walk, may not be developmental delays at all. Eric Spitznagel, Popular Mechanics, "An Alarmingly Deep Dive Into the Science of Baby Yoda," 30 Oct. 2020 Some of the physical limitations that make Baby Yoda seem especially infantile, like his waddle of a walk, may not be developmental delays at all. Eric Spitznagel, Popular Mechanics, "An Alarmingly Deep Dive Into the Science of Baby Yoda," 30 Oct. 2020 Some of the physical limitations that make Baby Yoda seem especially infantile, like his waddle of a walk, may not be developmental delays at all. Eric Spitznagel, Popular Mechanics, "An Alarmingly Deep Dive Into the Science of Baby Yoda," 30 Oct. 2020 This one-step-forward-two-steps-back waddle, however, wasn't confined to the playoffs; the entire season was a string of stop signs after green lights. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Wild's old issues re-emerge as bubble bursts in sudden fashion," 8 Aug. 2020 Goslings waddle behind their mothers along deserted thoroughfares in Treviso. The Economist, "Wildlife in Italy Covid-19 has emboldened Italy’s fauna," 16 Apr. 2020 Their fluffy faces and waddle-walk may seem pretty cute, but badgers keep some very tough company. National Geographic, "American badger," 14 Feb. 2020 With his adorable waddle and Winston Churchill looks, the dog won over the judges and the fans— although his selection was a surprise to his handler. Roxanne Roberts, Washington Post, "A beefy bulldog named Thor hammers the competition to win National Dog Show," 28 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of waddle

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1691, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for waddle

Verb

frequentative of wade

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Time Traveler for waddle

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The first known use of waddle was in 1592

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Last Updated

9 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Waddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waddle. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for waddle

waddle

verb
How to pronounce waddle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of waddle

: to walk with short steps while moving from side to side like a duck

waddle

verb
wad·​dle | \ ˈwä-dᵊl How to pronounce waddle (audio) \
waddled; waddling

Kids Definition of waddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to walk with short steps swaying like a duck

waddle

noun

Kids Definition of waddle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a way of walking by taking short steps and swaying from side to side

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